Region: MFA Annual
In my current work, I explore the history of colonization by embracing simple methods of crafting the environment so as to emphasize the primitive qualities of the materials. For example, I utilize the fluidity of house paint by dripping it on the work; I represent the absorbency and malleability of drop cloth by leaving it bare and wrinkled. Abstracting images of the African Diaspora allows me to present Blackness in a vulnerable and primitive state, one in which it often isn’t allowed to exist. My reverence for the materials mirrors that of the subject matter; the archival images I work from compose their own paintings with little to no manipulation due to the absence of a brush, creating moments where Black people are free.